Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: Public: $10, Members & UC San Diego Students: $8
RSVP: 858-534-5771 or online
Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego for a special evening under the sea featuring musical performances from UC San Diego music graduate students. On April 13, from 6 – 8 p.m., visitors can stroll (or do Tai chi!) through the aquarium and encounter live and recorded pieces written by musicians specifically for this unique event.
New at Springfest this year is a youth showcase in collaboration with A Reason To Survive (ARTS), a local nonprofit that uses art as a vehicle to create positive, long-lasting transformation in children and youth facing major life challenges. “A group of talented high-school-aged artists will visit Birch Aquarium to learn about fish and marine invertebrates and be inspired to think about how to ‘soundtrack’ a tank in the Hall of Fishes,” said Adam Tinkle, UC San Diego music graduate student and ARTS instructor. Guests at the April 13 event will use headphones in the Hall of Fishes to listen to the finished pieces while viewing the animals that inspired the young composer.
The musical event will feature different genres of music performed throughout the aquarium. Guests can enjoy electroacoustic performances within the Hall of Fishes, contemporary classical melodies in front of the centerpiece two-story kelp forest tank, improvisational music in the Smargon Courtyard, and American folk performances on the Tide-Pool Plaza.
“As a part of UC San Diego, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is thrilled to be collaborating again with another campus department on such a unique event. UC San Diego has a proud history of integrating artistic and scientific methods of experiencing the world,” said Nigella Hillgarth, Birch Aquarium at Scripps executive director.
The event is $10 for the public and $8 for aquarium members and UC San Diego students (with ID). Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 858-534-5771.
Performers will include:
- Meghann Welsh and Joe Cantrell creating otherworldly sounds from accordion, saw, and guitar as the duo No Fancy.
- Jon Forshee and Jamilah Sabur reciting mesostic poetry with quiet body percussion in Silent Singer.
- Carolyn Chen leading group Tai chi with motion-sensitive oscillators in The 24.
- Michael Matsuno, Tiffany Du Mouchelle, Yeung-ping Chen, and Caroline Miller exploring sounds for flute, voice, and electronics inspired by Oceania and various unusual organisms.
- Paul Hembree navigating a space of light and sound synergistically with a synaesthetic instrument.
- Special guest Sean Conway directing a small choir in original shape-note folk compositions.
About Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth, and ocean science and features five-dozen interactive elements. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 440,000, including 40,000 school children.